Zone Startups India , Director
At Zone Startups, Ajay oversees the flagship India accelerator operations as well as leads new initiatives, including corporate innovation programs and thematic accelerators under the Zone Startups brand.
Over the past 3 years, Ajay has successfully led setting up accelerators with Barclays and Axis Bank; as well as, corporate innovation programs with Visa, Thomson Reuters, HDFC Bank, ICICI Lombard, EY and Australia Institute of Sports.
Prior to Zone Startups India, Ajay was the Director – India Operations for SkillsDox Inc., a Canadian ed-tech company; wherein he helped the company set up in India and establish its initial partnerships, as well as raise INR 150 Cr.
In an earlier role, Ajay worked for the Government of Ontario, Canada for 5-years, where he was responsible for bilateral trade and investment relations between Ontario and India.
Ajay began his career working in Tanzania (East Africa) for 4 years, where he was involved in World Bank and African Development Bank projects. During this term, he assumed the role of an “intrapreneur”, and built a social enterprise in the agri-inputs value chain, wherein he built revenues in excess of $1Mn within the first 1.5 yrs.
Ajay is an MBA in Marketing & Finance and a B.Com in Financial Management from Mumbai University has 13 years of cross-functional work experience with startups, international business and Governments, across North America, East Africa & South Asia.